Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals
The most common complaints I hear about sharing a story to increase fundraising revenue:
“I don’t know any stories” or “We don’t have any good stories.”
In 1999 I was the President/CEO of Prevent Blindness America, Greater Phoenix Division. New to the city, with a new job – I could have used those same complaints.
I’ve got a couple of short audio clips to share with you today to illustrate the difference between sharing facts and sharing words that cause listeners and readers to feel something. Anything.
WHAT you cause others to feel isn’t the point. It’s that you don’t recite a list of facts when you share a story. As I’ve said before, a list of facts is really a report.
In the past week I’ve watched more pain, anger, and tragedy unfold across our country than I care to ever see again.
My heart aches. I’m sad and frustrated and not in the mood to talk about retaining donors or fundraising events today.
I believe to create a peaceful existence we have to show up differently. But make no mistake in thinking I’m talking to someone else. It is up to every single woman, man, and child to take different actions to start the healing process.
Recently I was in the audience at the Girls on the Run (GOTR) Summit in Orlando, Florida and listened to Elizabeth Kunz, GOTR International CEO deliver an exceptional and inspiring visionary leader speech.
I quickly saw why Girls on the Run has grown exponentially since Liz became CEO. They’ll reach their millionth girl this year.
Have you seen the recently released npEXPERTS eBook: Philanthropy by the Numbers: The Stories Behind the Stats? As the folks at Blackbaud describe it: It’s a collection of “11 of the best and brightest minds in philanthropy speaking up about what’s happening in the sector today and how these trends are shaping the future.”
What I find most often when I work with board members: their intentions are good. BUT you or your staff can make it look like you really don’t need them to do more than show up to a meeting now and then and rubber stamp the financials. And frankly, they find your board meetings less than stimulating.
Last week I mentioned that I had a busy travel month, and though you may not notice it, I am half-way around the world at the moment. Before our travels, my spouse, Mark, set up a fun, quite detailed, out of office auto-reply. [Frankly, I think he has too much time on his hands!] But, since copying is the best form of flattery, I’m copying his work!
This invite to a Women’s Build Day for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity popped into my inbox a few weeks ago. I was disappointed my busy June travel schedule made it impossible for me to participate. The event was “sold out” within a few days. While there was no cost to attend the space was limited, which made it all the more appealing.
We just celebrated Memorial Day here in the US, which means we had a nice, long weekend. With people taking time off to make the most of a long weekend to just taking awhile to get back in work mode, these shortened holiday work weeks can do a number on productivity So if you’re looking for away to ease your way back in and ramp up your knowledge have I got the link for you. Nonprofit Tech for Good rounded up 28 Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits, and there’s something for everyone in that list no matter where your nonprofit is located.
It’s likely this will be the most expensive presidential election in history. So it’s no surprise if you’re wondering, will political fundraising hurt my nonprofit fundraising this year? The important thing: Don’t use the fall elections as an excuse for not meeting your annual fundraising goals.
The smart folks at Blackbaud released a report earlier this year based on the last presidential election that helps unpack Giving in an Election Year: How Political Giving Impacts Nonprofit Support. A few key findings from the report might surprise you.